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good morning, america. on this monday, december 28th. i'm elizabeth vargas. >> and i'm dan harris. this morning, terror in the skies. we have new details about the man from nigeria suspected of trying to blow up that jumbo jet headed to detroit. his family speaks out overnight about how they raised concerns about new concerns of bothers. we're going to speak to homeland security. and new rules for airports across the country on one of the busiest days of the year. will this machine that can see through your clothing make us all safer. and passenger who leapt over
seats to tackle the passenger and put out the flames is here to tell us this morning did this quick thinng save the lives of hundreds of fellow passengers? and robin roberts and george stephanopoulos are off. and there is a lot to talk about this morning. the white house has ordered a full review of airport security measures and the terror watch list. and later today, president obama is expected to speak for the first time about that attempted bombing on christmas day. >> the suspect's name is umar farouk abdulmutallab. he is this morning, sitting in a federal prison, about 50 miles outside of detroit, michigan. in that statement overnight, his parents say they were so concerned about their son that they reported him to government officials and even to the u.s. embassy. >> this incident has turned air travel upside down on one of the
busiest days of the year with long lines and beefed up security. >> it is hectic. we're going take a look at whether high-tech scanners could detect the explosive reportedly sewn into the suspect's underwear. >> we begin with pierre thomas. >> reporter: today, that suspect is being held in a federal prison around detroit as airports around the country remain understand high alert. this is what happened when a passenger took too long in the bathroom, own an overseas flight to detroit. it ignited a full-scale security alert. every inch of the plane was edged. but it turned out to be only food poisoning. fears were heightened because this was the same flight, northwest 253, as the christmas day scam that attracted international attention. sources tell abc that from the moment umar farouk abdulmutallab
boards the plane in amsterdam, his deadly mission was in effect. he calmly walked to seat 19a next to the windows. >> he was clearly motivated and he had a level of training. >> reporter: and sources tell abc news, they suspect he wanted to blow up the plane over the airport so investigators would find evidence it was terrorism. the suspect went operational just before landing. he went to the bathroom. stay there had for about 20 minutes. he came back to the seat, complaining of a stomach ache, and curved himself with a blanket. then -- >> there was a bang. sounded at first like a balloon went off. >> reporter: he was trying to detonate a bomb on his lap. the wall of the plane caught on fire. >> if i'm sitting here, the flames were leaping up at least this high. >> reporter: somehow, the high explosive sewn in his underwear failed to ignited. passengers subdued him.
one passenger recalled the flight attendant's national announcement that the nightmare was over. >> she was just shaking and saying the situation is taken care of. the fire is out. >> reporter: a potential disaster averted. abdulmutallab was packing idea grams of petn. abdulmutallab's device is thought to be more powerful. today, with so many travelers in the air, it's going to be tense. dan? >> pierre, thank you. pierre thomas in washington this morning. at the heart of this thwarted terrorist attack is, of course, the alleged bomber, umar farouk abdulmutallab. he's nigerian, 23 years i wou s raised by a wealthy banker. our chief investigative correspondent brian ross has more on the story. brian, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. the principal concern this
morning for u.s. officials is whether there are more al qaeda-trained young men in the terror pipeline, planning similar attacks on u.s. jetliners. umar farouk abdulmutallab told fbi agents there are more just like him in yemen that could strike the u.s. soon. in fact in a tape released four days before christmas, an al qaeda leader in yemen boasted of coming attacks on america." we are carrying a bomb, he said, to the enemies of god." yemen has become a principal al qaeda training ground and an accused suicide bomber told the fbi he was trained for more than a month in yemen, given 80 grams of a highly explosive powder, cleverly sewn into his underpants. >> they know this is the achilles' heel in our airport system. >> reporter: law enforcement said tragedy was averted only because the bomb's detonator did not work.
>> it's very close. the explosive device went off. it became an incendiary device instead of an explosive. >> reporter: abdulmutallab was the son upscale banker. he lived in london. >> he was a friendly person. he was a person who did a lot good things. >> reporter: in e-mail sent over the last six years and obtained by abc news, abdulmutallab worried whether his religion would allow him to attend a high school prom, low college s.a.t. scores, expressed opposition to the war in iraq and afghanistan. and then prior to breaking with his parents, questions as to whether it's okay to lie to deceive the enemy. the suspect's father became so concern that he actually went to the u.s. embassy in nigeria and
said his son 0 could be a threat. they did not put him on the no-fly list and did not revoke a visa he had obtained a year and a half earlier, which he used to board the flight to flight to detroit. officials said this morning, they did not grant a visa to the suspect last may when he applied using a bogus school. they put him on a watch list which prevented him from boarding any flight to the united kingdom, dan. >> there are a lot of questions about the way the american government handled this case. brian ross, thank you. we do have more from the family. they say, quote, the disappearance and cessation of communication which got his mother and father concerned are completely out of character and a very recent development from a very recent childhood he had never shown any attitude, conduct or association that would give concern.
as soon as his concern arose, his parents reported it and sought help. we are are thankful there are no lives lost in the incident." elizabeth? >> for more in the attempting christmas day bombing, which security measures worked and which did not, we are joined by secretary of homeland security, janet napolitano. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. >> the father had warned the u.s. embassy that his son may be dangerous. why wasn't his visa revoke the add that point? >> we don't know yet. one of the things we're doing is go be backwards. what were the facts that led up to this event. how did this individual get on the plane? why wasn't he flagged at a higher screening level? how did he get an explosive substance on to the plane? all of those are serious questions that we are now looking at. >> he was placed on this large terrorist connection list --
alleged terrorist connection list that did not come up or pop up when his visa was scanned at the airport. nor did the fact that he paid cash for the airline ticket, $3,000 and checked no luggage. aren't these all flags that were missed? >> clearly, there's some work that needs to be done to link up what we at all the tie, the generic base in which his name had been entered, to those who already have visas. he will a preexisting visa. >> is it a failure that he was able to get through two screening stations with explosives taped to his body and nobody detected it? >> well, it's certainly something that we don't want to happen again. which is why we're looking at that technology. which can why we're employing new technology, or beginning to employ new technology in airports in the united states. this is an ever-changing environment that we're dealing with. we can't just be static. we will take this incident.
there will be lessons learned that we deal with and fix. and that process is ongoing and as you might imagine, it's lightning speed. >> you have repeatedly said this weekend that air travel is safe in this country yet it was not u.s. screening that protected us. it was passengers and the crew on the plane. >> his device did not detonate properly. and the passengers and crew reacted properly. and then, moving forward, we were able with the systems that we do have, to immediately put in place safety procedures for planes in air and check-in procedures and a additional screening passengers for passengers leaving now. >> what can you say to reassure the public that we should have confidence in our government that you're going to figure out a way to stop these people from getting on the airplanes and
putting passengers and the entire cities in danger? >> passengers will see additional screening when they're at the airports today, going home from the holiday weekend. they will see a additional measures taken aboard the aircraft. flight crews have been given additional information on what to watch for on the passengers. additional screening rules have been put in place at international airports and international connecting airports. a lot more put in place on an immediate basis while we work this problem. >> all right. madam secretary, thank you for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. >> you bet. thank you. again, how did a man who was on a terror watch list get on board a plane that was headed to america with a potentially deadly explosive? and just what role could his reported trips to yemen bring in an anti-terrorism act. let's bring in counterczar to both president bush and president clinton.
richard, you listened to the homeland security secretary there, i apologize for that, do you think she was straight with the american public about the scope of the security lapse here? >> well, i think she is. what she didn't say scleerl becau clearly because she doesn't want to alarm us, fewer than 5% of the screening posts at airports have the technology to find this. the technology exists, but it costs a lot of money. and it's very intrusive and some people think it invades their privacy. if we had this expensive, intrusive equipment at all screening posts, we might have been able to stop this. >> let's talk for a moment about the country of yemen. that is where the suspect says he was armed and trained. this is a country that's very poor just south of saudi arabia. 50% of the people living below the poverty line. 50% unemployment, 50%
illiterate, and 50% under the age of 20. it's largely lawless. what does america do about a country like this? >> well, i think we do two things. long-term, we work with our arab friends in the area to address our political instability problems. sort-te short-term, we work with the cia to go in and find the al qaeda cells. and the untold story here is, the obama administration is ahead of the curve. the obama administration has been in yemen, top cia officials for over nine months now, trying to find the al qaeda cells and they've done a good job of finding them and attacking them. >> this process of radicalism, how does an ambitious 23-year-old wealthy young man go from that state to being a wannabe mass murderer? >> that's the truly disturbing
part. they look normal. they are normal one day, and then after a few weeks of watching the internet. and watching al qaeda videotapes on the internet, they become radicalized. they reach out in the real world for al qaeda connections, they get trained. it's very hard to see these self-initiating terrorists become terrorists. it's hard for national security to pick them up. >> richard clarke, thank you. as we were talking to the homeland security secretary, another attempt at this attempted bombing is the increased security for the 40 million americans expected to fly today. it's one of the busiest days of the year and a long list of new restrictions await travelers. and eric is at chicago o'hare. good morning. >> reporter: we have seen more bomb-sniffing dogs here.
the tsa says measures will differ from airport to airport some of the changes will be noticeable, others won't be. >> the tsa has limiteded the items carried through. >> reporter: the new security rules caught passengers off guard. >> i'm just a little alarmed. >> reporter: now limited to one carry-on, they'll be screened a second time at gates, and in the final hour of flights, be required to stay seated. >> on the plane, we couldn't have blankets or pillows on our laps. >> we could not have any electronics or anything, even the restroom, one hour away from the final destination. >> reporter: the new rules caused chaos at airports across the globe. abc laura setrakian is in montreal. >> some reports of luggage and
carry-on are being check. there are lama hasan in london. >> a second set of security checks. delays of up to one hour. >> reporter: the new rules don't apply to u.s. domestic flights, but passengers told us of other stepped-up items. >> over item, they took it out, they want everything out of the bags and examining the bag. >> reporter: missy and dennis hunt said their last-minute booking prompted questions. >> they kept asking my mother's maiden name. was that the same as my middle name. birth date. >> reporter: despite the new rules passengers are still allowed to bring lighters and matches on board. the tsa lifted that ban in 2007 saying it did not pose a security threat. >> i remember after the richard reed incident, we all had to
check our shoes. you wonder now what kind of things we'll be adjusting to in airports. >> as somebody who travels a lot, it gets worse all the time. >> good morning, everyone. the other big story this morning takes place in iran. we learned overnight that at least 15 people were killed sunday in the bloodiest anti-war protest since june's election. hundreds were injured. also this morning, we learned that the families of those three american hikers arrested in iran in july have now hired a prominent iranian lawyer to fight for their release. tehran accuses the three of spying. and the final numbers are in for the holiday shopping season. scales were up 3.6% from last year but still far lower than
2007. electronic and jewelry sales were especially strong. and online sales posted a 15% gain. and finally, a new record at the movies. it was the highest grossing weekend ever at the box office thanks in part to "avatar" which raked in $75 million in ticket sales. the new "sherlock homlmes" movi came in second. i went to see a movie yesterday, after 40 bucks -- >> "avatar" my husband is going to see it today. did you like it? >> i especially liked wearing the glasses. >> time for the weather. jeff smith from wabc is in for sam champion. >> we have a cold blast coming in today, we're kind of on the leading edge of that for new york city. by tuesday morning, temperatures are going to be in the middle to upper 20s. they're not going to get much
and and this storm here moves up the east coast later on in the week. elizabeth and dan, back to you. >> thanks, jeff. coming up, we're going to talk to the hero of that northwest flight 253. his quick thinking could have saved hundreds of lives. >> and the new full-body scanners. how do they work, what do they seek? for fevers and body aches from the flu, doctors recommend tylenol more than any other brand of pain reliever, for both children and adults. so when the flu strikes,
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pull back after a nice break to 50. 36 in town. 37 up to easton. wind will be a fok factor throughout the day. strong storm passing to the north. it's basically giving us a partly cloudy skies right now. skies are likely to turn mostly cloudy into the afternoon. you can see a distinct cut off across the mountains. oftentimes these snowstorms run rampant across the great lakes. this one is in repons to a strong storm pushing through new york city. erie enforcing shot of a cold front across the great lakes. it will get colder the rest of this week. today briefly near 40 then falling off to the 30s. mid to lower 30s. you will stay dry on the eastern shore. we expect 41 in gray sonville
-- graysonville. tonight 25 degrees i do expect tomorrow to be a mostly sunny but colder day. high of 33. windchills stuck in the lower 20s. now a check of the roads with kim. >> thanks. we have traffic up toward providence and belleair road. expect a minor slow down between owens mills and the beltway. things are slow, tapping the brakes on the west side of the outer loop through the baltimore national pike. heavy volume southbound 95 approaching 695 and 895 split because we have a crash off to the right blocking the right lane. expect a slow down there. carroll county, westbound 70 at ridge road, the two left lanes have been reopened from the earlier bus fire but the right lane remains blocked. as we look at 83 and 41st street bridge, moderate volume heading to downtown this morning. we will be back with the morning news update next.
in the news at 7:27, relatives of a girl that died after police say she was abducted by a registered sex offender will not have to pay for a funeral or her burial. she was abducted from her home. thomas leggs junior is charged with kidnapping and burglary manage her disappearance. she was found christmas day and brought to the state medical examiner's office and we should expect a report this week. leggs is a registered sex offender in maryland and delaware and local donors stepped forward and offered to cover the cost of her funeral. one of the victims of a carbon monoxide leak has died. fire crews found deadly levels at the eagle walk apartment complex here in the 7500 block of twin crest court on december the 18th two women, a man and 11-month-old child had to go to
the hospital. according to police, the 15- year-old girl shot in the head is still hanging on. doctors say the unidentified girl is not out of the woods yet but she has been upgraded to serious condition at shock trauma. she was shot on 10th street last tuesday night. police have no suspects or any motive. so, if you know anything about this case, call homicide right now 410-396-2100. here is what we have coming up for you at 9:00. nothing but the ravens. we will break it down about the ravens loss in pittsburgh. see you then.
this is the scene at one of the country's busiest airports this morning, as passengers adjust to new security rules. tighter restrictions now in place after that attempted bombing on christmas day flub. >> and we look at that, it's like that all across the country and even across the world's. at the moment, we will talk to the passenger who is being hailed the hero of flight 253. he'll tell us about his harrowing tale on that flight. >> good morning, i'm dan harris with elizabeth vargas. >> and what may be the new future in the wake of the terror attempt.
the full-body scans that can see through your clothes the way to go? >> you can see our correspondent david wright trying it out. also this morning, new super bugs. bacteria that are resistant to those hand disinfe fekfectants using. but, first, the man who helped detonate the explosives on board that plane. good to have you here. take me through this, you were sitting in the 20th row on the right side of the plane. the suspect was in the 19th row on the left side of the plane. you heard some pops, what happened? >> we heard a bang. we couldn't locate where the bang came from which was kind of scary and everybody was looking around. then after a couple of seconds like all of the passengers started to scream "fire." then i looked to my left, all the way on the other side of the plane there was this person
sitting, the suspect. there was smoke coming from beneath his pants. >> how much smoke was there and how high were the flames? >> well flsh, in the beginning,e was more smoke because he was kind of covered with a blanket. then this smoke was getting more and more intense. and when i saw the first flame coming up, that's when i knew it was actually wrong and i jumped to the suspect. >> did you know what he was trying to do? >> well, yeah. like first i thought he was trying to make a fire. because like a normal person will stand up, like if he's on fire, but this guy was, you know, he was on fire and sitting down. so then i knew he was trying to ignite something. >> you scrambled over some seats. what were the other passengers doing? were they running away or helping to try and subdue him? >> no, when we were there, all
the passengers were standing around, and we were like trying to extinguish the flames. >> you tried to put them out with your hands, patting them down. then you started to call for water. what happened next? >> well, first, when somebody came with water, but it wasn't enough. we down distinguish the fire. actually, the fire, what we did, then i was really afraid, the guy, the suspect had more explosives on his body. i thought if this guy gets more fire, we might blow up. so i grabbed him and i pulled him out of the seat. >> you pulled him out of the seat. did you lie him down in the aisle? >> no, i had him in a headlock. >>ou sort of pushed him towards the galley? >> no, they came and englishdim the fire. actually it took some foam to get rid of the fire.
and then with the flight attendant who is holding the legs, we dragged him to first class. >> as you dragged him, did he say anything to you? >> no, he couldn't say anything because i choked him. >> you were quoted as saying the entire plane was screaming, but he was silent. >> everybody was panicked. we didn't know what was happening. the suspect, he was stylilent. he didn't say anything. >> did he have anything in his hands? trying to do anything? >> when i came to the seats, he was holding the suspect -- sorry, he was holding the objected which was on fire and smoke was coming out of it. i really had to pull it out of his hands because he kind of resisted. and it was also kind of stuck in his underwear. i really had to rip the whole object out of his pants. >> how did you have the presence of mind, jasper, to jump over the seats and go into action
like that when it sounds like a lot of people were just panicking? >> i don't know, it came automatically. i really had no clue. i just thought we have to do something, there's only one thing that you can do in a situation like this, actually. if you wait, you might die. >> no kidding. and it sounds like did you the right thing to not only save hundreds of fellow passengers but people on the ground. congratulations and a cool head. thanks for joining us this morning. >> you're welcome. >> happy holidays. dan, they say in most cases 80% of people will freeze and not do anything. 10% will leap into action. >> good thing he was on the plane. as we reported, the bombing suspect reportedly boarded that flight with an explosive powder sewn in his underwear.
explosives which could have been detected by something called full-body scanners. there are 40 across the country, more on the way. but as our david wright reports, security comes at a price. david is in arlington, virginia, to show us how they work. david, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan, we're at the offices of one of the companies developing high-tech scanners like this one. we're going to show you how it works in a second. it's basically a digital strip search, it can look right underneath your clothing and see whatever you're hiding. obviously, there have been concerns about privacy. when it comes to safe guarding the skies, terrorism is the mother of invention. >> you are now entering a safety zone. >> reporter: this scene from the science fiction film "total recall" may soon be a reality. they've now ordered 150 of these scanners, nicknamed naked
scanners. >> the downside is they show you completely naked. it's basically an anatomically correct vision of the human body. >> reporter: the constitution protects us against unreasonable searches. there's cause for concern. for instance, breast implants, prosthetic devices could be plain to see. >> we don't know what happens to images. are they stored? can they be shared? >> reporter: last june, government banned the mandatory use of these machines. but many now say last week's incident was a wake-up call. >> given the choice between losing my privacy, some of it, and losing my life or losing someone i love, i'm going to choose some privacy. >> reporter: ironically, one of the first airports to test this technology is amsterdam, where the suspect in the christmas day plot took off. >> in light of the attacks there's going to be a new push
to scan the machines. but it's kind of funny, isn't it, we didn't know if the guy actually went through the machine. so either it was ineffective in catching him our whether the machine would have stopped limb. >> and the reason we don't know 1 out of 10 of the screening stations in amsterdam and whether he went through it or he didn't. i should point out i've got a couple of items hidden and i'm going to use this ring of paper for a bit of modesty. it will only take a few seconds. a very quick scan become. there you are. what have we got? >> as you can see over here on the image, you really have something in your breast pocket there. >> a bottle of nail polish. >> and obviously, a knife. >> what have you done to address some of the concerns about privacy? >> well, the images have been
filtered so there's no recognizable features. and all we're detecting is the hidden object. >> it's not as revealing? >> no. >> how much radiation? >> very little. you get more radiation from a flight than this image. >> rapid scan expects them to be deployed as soon as january. >> dan, here's a bit of a touch? question, if you hide something inside your body, can the scans pick it up? >> no, as you see, no, the ream of paper was enough to block it. inside your body, you wouldn't be able to see, and there are other kinds of devices that folks are developing for that. >> to use your term, the blurring of the naughty bits, if those parts are blurred, is it worth having these scanners at all? because that's where people are going to put things that we don't want on planes, as we saw
allegedly on christmas day? >> it's blurred so that you don't see the details, but you could easily see if there were a knife or a bit of powder or a bit of liquid that were near there. and the trained eye of some of the people operating these machines will be crucial. it's not a foolproof mechanism. >> david, having gone through this screener, do you feel personally violated in terms of your privacy? >> not at the moment. and obviously, i'm doing this voluntarily. i've actually been through these types of scanners in europe. it's just as quick as the normal medal detectors that you go through. you have to put it out of your mind, obviously, there's a concern about how long the images are kept and whether if it does show something embarrassing, it could end up on the internet some day. >> a very brave and modest david wright. take care. are you comfortable with
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7:56. you step outside it is going to hurt today. look at this. 31 degrees at columbia at the oakland mills school. winds steady out of the west at 8. we have pushed 38-mile-an- hour wind gusts and if you expect more winds averaging with gusts between 30 and 40 miles an hour, taking our windchills down to the low 20s. 34 currently with a partly cloudy set up. the windchills is calculated down to the middle 20.
here's the set up. we have a cold front pushing through. storm system that is really intense circulation wrapping through central new york. heavy snow for them. winds on the backside, coming off of the great lakes. pushing snowshowers as close as central pa and western maryland and we may get some of those snowshowers with strong gusty winds on the north side this afternoon. but overall we will call it just a windy day and turning colder to the afternoon with late day flurries at 40. tonight we will settle back to about 25. 20 north and west and about 33 tomorrow afternoon, with strong gusty winds despite the sunshine. let's see what is happening on the roads. here is kim brown. >> well, we do have moderate volume on the outer loop but traffic is moving nightsly here at hartford road. drivers may start to tap on the breaks at liberty road throughout the pike but we're looking good through the broadway -- beltway. southbound 95 usual volume delays through the white marsh boulevard area. earlier crash at the 895 split has been cleared away. westbound route 70 at ridge
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th the nation's travelers facing long lines and delays in airports in the wake of a failed attempt to bomb a flight headed for detroit on christmas day. we have the very latest in the investigation. and what's being done to tighten in airports around the world. as you can see, people are dealing with a mess. good morning, america. i'm elizabeth vargas along with dan harris. robin roberts and george stephanopoulos are off this morning, december 28th. >> it's going to be a busy travel day no matter what but then we have the storms and the terror scare.
hectic day out there today. also at this hour, a very modern problem. teenagers addicted to facebook. hours on the day spent on the popular networking site. it's taking a toll on their grades. we're going to tell you about some teenagers who managed to kick the laboratory. >> it's become like a verb, i'm going to facebook somebody. plus it seems you can hardly go into a store without being asked w eed would you like to s for a credit card? we're going to check out whether the good outweighsed risk? >> i say this with love, but i hope my wife is watching that story. >> oh. >> i said it with love. >> bianca -- bianna, we're not going there. his wife is bianca. the nigerian man trying to bomb the northwest flight has released a statement saying they
lost contact with umar farouk abdulmutallab while he was study ago broad. his father first contacted security agents two months ago asking for help to bring him home. our pierre thomas is following the suspect from reagan national airport. good morning, pierre. what's next for him? >> well, he's been taken from the hospital. he's now being held in a federal prison not far from detroit. we expect later today, the federal authorities will take a dna sample which is pretty routine in a case like this. >> what are law enforcement officials concerned about right now? >> what is going to happen next. they want to know was he the beginning of a wave of attacks. they have no evidence of that other than others like him are coming. but that's what they're very concerned about. >> all right, thank you. meanwhile, president obama has been monitoring this christmas bombing attempt from his vacation spot in hawaii.
yunji de nies joins us from honolulu. good morning, yunji, what is the latest? >> good morning, bianna, the president will make a statement later today. he, of course, has been criticized. and white house officials say he will focus on that. they'll try to focus on how the suspect was able to get on a plane even after his father warned authorities he was dangerous. and the president has held a number of secure conference calls. he is being regularly briefed on this. at this point, the white house says he has no plans to change his travel. he will be staying here in hawaii through the new year. >> all right, yunji, thank you for that. meantime, turning overseas, we're following breaking news in pakistan, where a suicide bomber
has killed at least 20 people in karachi. the other major developing story is in iran. one day after the bloodiest clashes with protesters in month, here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: this morning, burned out police cars and motorcycles littered iran's streets. sunday was the deadlyiest day of protest since iran's disputed elections in june. hundreds of thousands took to the streets on the holy day, "death to the dictator" chanted the crowds. and beginning to wonder if this is the beginning of the end for iran's regime. and we're told police hit back with tear gas and live fire. across iran at least 15 people
were killed, including a nephew of defeated presidential candidate mir hossein mousavi. dozens more injured. and a police chief. one told's by e-mail, i'm not sure what happens next, but the energy was like the beginning and everyone seemed to feel that. for "good morning america," nick watt, abc news, london. back in this country, authorities say nine fires that broke out in a western massachusetts neighborhood sunday may be the work of an arsonist. a father and son were killed in one of the fires, all of which broke out during a two-hour prd. and finally, a spruced up centerpiece or the world's biggest. crystals have been added to the times square new year's ball, the ball will ring in 2010 with a new design featuring a celtic
knot with the theme "let there be courage." we'll go to wabc's jeff smith. jeff, are you going to be out on new year's gentlem? >> no, only if i can get out about 24 hours before the ball drops. you have to do that in times square. we have mississippi, arkansas and mississippi again. are you guys going to be out for 2010 to ring it in? >> yeah. >> get out here early. trust me. trust me. a gray iowa gets massive ice. and these are pretty videos, but, of course, it's destructive, bringing down power lines and power outages with that massive blizzard. milan, illinois, kids having fun enjoying the sledding out there. we're going to check out the weather in the northeast. a couple of rain or show showers in new york city and vicinity. heavier snow squalls coming off the great lakes. that's really the leading edge
of a cold air mass which comes in tomorrow. 40 today. west east. l.a. is a good place to be, 65, cloudy skies throughout. a snowstorm actually for western parts of texas and southern parts of new mexico. that eventually moves up the east coast by new year's day. we may be ringing in 2010 with snow in the big cities. >> and s
>> and she had the biggest sign. elissa, everyone knows you're turning 18. happy birthday. dan, back to you. >> thank you. here's the question, how can you tell when online social networking becomes an addiction? facebook has 350 million users and the average person spends about an hour a day on the site. but some teenagers are spending a lot more time than that keeping tabs on their friend. and now some of the facebook junkies are trying to kick their addiction. >> reporter: for michigan tenth grader nica chatting on facebook had been an a diction. >> it's like an addiction. you look up unmoment and it's day. you look up another moment and it's night. >> reporter: initially, she said she would be online for 20 minutes a day. but then it grew up to sometimes as much as six hours on the weekend. >> she wasn't doing any other
tank like her room was really messy. and then a couple times actually we fight over it. and we usually don't fighting that much. >> reporter: neeka's grades were going down. her mom was worried. the obsession to constantly check facebook was disrupting her life. in california, these best friends quickly realized they, too, was spending a lot of time on facebook. >> amount of time was unnecessary. >> we found at that amount of time could be used for more productive things. >> reporter: these two like many teenagers were struggling to find a balance between social media and everyday lives. >> for a teenager, it doesn't make sense to think about my life and i disget tracted by social media. we're not going to be taking away the internet. it's more a question of living with these devices that can so comb compel us to service. >> reporter: and so neeka asked
herb sister to change her facebook password on monday morning and keep it hidden until friday night. >> my friends, some of them said i don't know how you can do it. my studying habits definitely improved. >> reporter: monica and haley decided to limit it to one a month. >> if you broke the rules before the first saturday every month, you would have to write on the wall of someone you didn't know very well. >> people take breaks. people drop in and out. we're all learning, parents and children, how to do this better. >> as we said, a very modern problem. joining me now internet safety expert parry. >> good morning. >> how do you tell if it's risen to the level of addiction? >> things are out of balance,
grades are going down. they don't have offline friends. they're all consumed. >> is there a way a parent can monitor what their kid is doing? >> absolutely. first, you have to have a talk. there's a certain place in time. you have to have your homework done, make your bed, whatever. then you go on and look at their page. how often are did she posting. and if it gets really bad, you can put on monitoring software, you can see how often they're on there. you can even lock them out for more than two hours a day. >> are there other options other than locking kids out? if you feel that your child is a depicted, whatever that means, what do you do? >> you have to determine if they like it a lot. if they're addicted, they're at risk in other areas of their lives and that means you have to turn it off. the only way you can do that is you keep their cell phones in
your bedroom drawer when they're home. >> what is it about these sites, particularly facebook that is so a a addictive for teenagers? >> the kids don't see it as addictive. you're either an exhibitionist or a voyeur. you want everybody to know the next boy you like or girl you like. it's all about balance. >> so interesting, you said, they don't see it as a site, they see it as life. what do you think of taking a break. we saw a high-profile case with miley cyrus who said she was taking a hiatus from twitter. and we just saw the young girls in the piece we just aired taking a break. does that seem like a viable solution to you? >> i'm not so sure how viable it is.
they have to let their friends know to call them. on the seventeen magazine poll, they have to make sure that the fingers play the piano and baseball, in addition to moving a mouse around. >> if kids do take a break like this, it is encouraging, i would imagine, that they are taking the initiative on their own, rather than being imposed by the parents? >> we're seeing a big backlash on this. if parents want to know what to do, they can follow wired moms on twitter and they can become part of my cyberarmy. >> perarry aftab, the general i the army. check out abcnews.com and click on "gma" for all of parry's tips. what is the smart move when
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now an offer you probably received during your holiday shopping and what you might get when you check out the post-christmas day sales, you make it to the cash register and the clerk asked you if you want to sign up for a store credit card. usually, there's a nice discount attached, but is it worth it. mellody hobson is with us. mellody, good morning. >> good morning. >> these discounts, 20% off are awfully tempting, would you get one of the store cards? >> i want to be executely clear -- no. i would not get one. i think they're a bad idea, they're very enticing, which is why the average american house
hold has $8,300 in credit card debt. >> what's in it for the store? why are they anxious to sign us up for it? is it because they plan to get more on interest rates? >> there's two reasons. one is because we spend more than we plan on. and they make a lot of money. there's a huge difference between the private label cards and the store cards which average about 24%. and the interest rate that we pay on what's called a prime card like a visa or mastercard which averages about 12%. so these cards are really profitable. >> we know that the credit card protection act of 2009 goes into effect in february, won't that help a lot of those sort of predatory practices? >> it won't change anything about the interest rates, the only thing it will really do, and i'm a big fan of this act it will change the transparency and the disclosure around the debts and what we're getting ourselves
into. for example, the credit card statement will show how many months will it take to pay off that balance if you only pay the minimum. and shows how quickly the terms and conditions can be changed but it won't change any of the math we're talking about. >> i was surprised to learn when you sign up for the credit cards in the stores, your credit card rate will go take a hit. why is it that? >> it absolutely lowers your credit score when you open up a new account. they like to see longer, older credit history. and a new credit card makes your credit history younger or newer. and for them, that suggests that you're more of a credit risk, and it takes your score down. the other thing that affects your score is, let's say you get a $500 credit limit and you charge $400, you've utilized a lot of the credit you've been given. that's called credit utilization.
when you have a higher card utilization, it lowers your credit score. >> should we go into our wallets and cut them up? >> there's two things. people say i'm going to open the card, cancel it to get the discount. all of that is going to lower your credit score. other people will say, and i've been clear about this, cut up and cancel the extra cards in your wallet. in canceling the card, i want to be very clear, will you take a hit to your credit score. but that hit usually repairs itself in a year or so. so, to me, that's a better option than carrying a balance on your card where you're going to be paying interest and out of pocket money forever. >> mellody hobson, be careful. and read the small print. mellody, happy holidays to you. >> thank you. >> go to abcnews.com and click on "gma" to find out more about mellody's adds vice about the
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briefly, but partly to mostly cloudy skies in downtown baltimore. we could have a better chance of snow showers on the north side. 35 to 33 in westminster. you're safely dry and partly cloudy on the eastern shore with a high temperature of 41 degrees in easton. let's check on the roads now. here's kim. >> justin, you'll see that traffic is flowing freely here on the northeast corner of hartford road. we're looking good around 695. fortunately no incidents to let you know about. in howard county we're getting reports of a crash in the westbound lanes at route 100. if you're traveling towards the dc area southbound on the parkway at route 197, a trash fire is off to the right causing minor slowing in that area as well. as we look here at the city cameras, we're doing pretty well here on the jfx. traffic is very light as you make your way towards downtown. no problems on the harrisburg expressway, either. we'll be back with your morning news update next.
. good monday morning. city police are trying to figure out who killed a plan name wayne rueter. this all happened around 5:00 saturday night and baltimore police say the store's owner was stabbed in the chest and shot multiple times. a family member found him later. he died at a local hospital. police say it does not appear that the robbery was a motive to kill. the neighbor said he saw what appeared to be a car at the man's home taken about a week ago. >> a white hummer with big
tires on it. it was a tow truck backing in. it was a police department tow truck, and i guess they were towing it away for whatever reason. >> police have not confirmed that information. less than two weeks ago, though, there was a home invasion robbery not far from his home. it does not appear to have a connection to this crime, but if you have any information, you're asked to please call homicide detectives. here's the number. 410-396-2100. on maryland's eastern shore relatives of an 11-year-old girl who died after police say she was abducted by a registered sex offender will not have to pay for the burial or the funeral. 11-year-old sarah foxwell was abducted from her home last tuesday. thomas leggs is charged with kidnapping and burglary. sarah's body was found christmas day and brought to the state medical examiner's office in baltimore. >> everybody's relieved that she was found. they're not relieved about the way she was found, but she was found. we hope that the family --
we're praying for the family. >> investigators are now expecting a report sometime this week. leggs is a registered sex offender in maryland as well as delaware. a funeral home says local donors have come forward and offered to cover the cost of the young girl's funeral. that's all the time we have right now. don't forget good morning maryland is at 9. we hope you'll join us this morning. we have a lot to talk about from the rose bowl parade to the end of the year taxes. we'll send you back to "good morning america". see you in a bit.
♪ ♪ glamorous glamorous glamorous ♪ >> oh, the glamour the last decade. who wore it better than anyone else? we unroten decades of the most fabulous. there were some winners. >> unfortunately, i didn't get to do this. i was angling for it. >> good morning, i'm elizabeth vargas with dan harris. robin and george are off this morning. if you knew you were going to lose your sight, what is the last thing you'd want to see?
you are going to meet a truly remarkable little boy with a vision that is inspiring those on a football team. plus, the very best of 2009. first off, products for your pet products to keep you're four-legged friend happy and healthy like this water bowl. actually, that's a cat. >> if you want to keep your pet happy -- >> special water and food bowls. we'll see you in just a minute. >> the cat doesn't look that happy. we're going to get to the kitty in just a moment. first, come over here, we're going to talk about warm coats, warm hearts. this is ellie from the scars daleddale teen center. tell us what you do? >> it provides a drug and alcohol program for teenage
students. we have a blood drive and clean up. >> and you're bringing us coats this morning? >> yeah. look at the puppy. no disrespect, but you may have a few extra layers on. helps out here. >> it's a great opportunities. we brought 81 coatwith us today. >> 81, fantastic. >> we'd also like to thank central casting for taking us here. >> each person is wearing about eight or ten coats per person. >> you look a lot less puffy now. >> we want to remind people about our drive. it's still in great need for donations. go to any burlington coat factory store to drop off your gently warn coats. you can find out more information by going to the website abcnews.com. time for the weather, jeff smith from wabc in for sam
champion. >> we found a woman from kentucky, she grew up in an area called gumtry, kentucky, but they cut the tree down. >> it's gum stump. >> heavy north of buffalo, cleveland, rain and snow other than southern new mexico and western part of the texas. eventually that system is going to be spreading off to the east. guess what dallas might be getting hit with snowfall during the day tomorrow. check out temperatures today. not too bad in the northeast corridor, 40, 41 in new york city. way below when you see that colder air moving in. and from dallas tomorrow tha
>> this weather brought to you by the united states postal service, dan, back to you. >> thank you, jeff. now, i want to you meet a 12-year-old boy who has faced some of life's toughest obstacles with more grace. he has battled cancer almost since he was born. this year, he learned he would lose his eyesight. he had one final wish before losing his eyesight forever. espn's shelley smith has his story. >> reporter: for jake olson, football is more than a game. it's a passion he's played and followed with just one eye. >> whoa! >> reporter: when jake was just a year olds, doctor found cancerous tumors in both eyes.
they had to remove left one. and then this september, 12-year-old jake learned head would lose his right eye, too. >> i said, jake, how are you doing, buddy? are you okay? he goes, yeah, mom, you know what this is just going to be a new stage in my life. >> reporter: before he lost his sight, jake told his parent what is he wanted to see most one last time was another usc game. the trojans learned his wish and went one better, taking him inside their world during a month before his surgery. >> jake! >> go. >> one, two, three! >> i got to go into the locker room and everyone was partying. >> jake, jake, jake, jake, jake, jake! >> what images from all of this will you take with you as you go into surgery and coming outside?
>> blond hair, real big, mustache and beard and everything. my parents, my friends. just -- i want to take in as much as i can. >> reporter: jake spent the night before surgery getting one last look at his new teammates. >> give me a hug. >> all right. >> everybody loves you, jake. we can't wait for to you come back. as soon as you come back, come see us, all right? >> all right. >> you promise? >> yeah. >> reporter: on the day of the surgery, jake's favorite player chris o'dowd came to the hospital. >> the nurse came in and gave him his iv. right then, jake broke down. the nurses broke downin. i broke down. parents broke down. >> it was more the fear of all right this is like my last
minute to see, you know, last hours. when i got home, i really didn't feel sorrow, because it's already happened, i can move on, i can do whatever i want. i don't have to worry about that no more. i don't have to worry about that day coming. it's already happened. >> reporter: six days after his surgery, jake had a promise to keep. >> hey, jake! hey! >> hey, bud. >> how are you? >> you could hear practice. could you see it? >> i could see it, but with the big hits, i can -- i mean, it's kind of more fun to actually hear the hits than actually see the hits. it's like, oh, what just happened. >> all right. guys, you lost, but you know what, we'll get them next year and the year after that and the
year after that. >> reporter: jake olson is still very much a part of this team. >> one, two, three -- trojans! >> reporter: for "good morning america," shelley smith, espn. >> his attitude is just incredible, thinking about how the hits are more vivid when you can't see. >> wow. his spirit. this always gets to me. you go on. >> a tough story. >> the spirit is incredible. that family, too. those players that team, really, really what a gift they gave him. >> absolutely. to take him under their wing like that is incredible. we should say that jake was back at the sidelines with his dad rooting for the trojans. and this time, they did not disappoint. they won, they beat bc, boston college, in the emerald bowl. and jake was interviewed by espn during the game, and he said it was like a dream. so it's clear that he's keeping up an extraordinarily positive attitude. and the team thinking they need
to keep him under their wing. >> he said when he got to the surgery, the toughest part is knowing right then i'm going to lose this gift of sight. after that, dealing with did was just fine. >> right. he didn't have to worry about the anticipation. in the mean time, ten years of red carpet razzle dazzle. find out who's the fairest of them all.
now, now, look at the dazzling dresses of the decade. the red carpet looks that grabbed our attention during the last ten years." in style" magazine has gone back and looking at all of the dresses that turned heads in the decade. hal rubinstein is here with one of the favorites. we start with one of the eye-popping. >> probably one of the most famous is jennifer lopez and the versace dress. actually, it isn't a dress. it's a onesie. it's actually like a step-in. >> she pulls it off. you actually said that donna --
>> she wore it the season before. this is what you see with all the dresses. it's about the right dress. the right person. anyone else, you want to say it's so vulgar. but you want to say it's vulgar, but you couldn't keep your eyes off of her. >> and reese witherspoon. >> this is reese, she used to show up as a southern bell. curled, make job, lacy dress. all of a sudden, hair straight. strapless dress. short, bright yellow. and basically, this is what you're going to miss, buddy. >> number three, sarah jessica parker. he's always a fashion statement. >> this dress it looks like cotton candy. chanel, she wore it to the emmies in 2005.
it's organza. it makes you happy. >> she also has very little makeup. >> the dress is such a confection. it's very smart to pull everything back to make everything look clean. you really shouldn't be competing with a dress like this. the same way you shouldn't compete jewelry with a dress. if you have a dress that has intricacy to it, keep it simple. >> next dress is gwen stefani. >> it's one of gwen's trademarks. she's the raublgocker girl. everyone expects her to be tough as nails. here she shows up in a white dress that would make kate winslet look demure but on her it's cooling. >> eva mendez. >> what's great about this dress, she wore it to the golden
globes in 2009. it was right after the economic collapse. it was the first red carpet moment. it was about how are people going to dress. are they going to dress down. dress somber. she shows up in this, and it was like, oh, we can still dream in hollywood. it can still be about glamour. it can still be about fun. it's an amazing dior dress. extravaganza with a huge bow, but it looks a amazing. >> and charlize. >> what is amazing, charlize showed up with the do diamond clips and said build the dress around the clips. >> these two here? >> yes. and without looking the least bit old. and also the burnt orange is an astounding color.
and the back of the dress. >> she's got the perfect skin tone. >> and wearing the hair. just enough to give it that great hollywood moment. >> anne hathaway from this year's oscars was absolutely gorgeous. >> armani called it his mermaid gown. she watched it to her skin tone. those huge dark eyes. >> and your top pick, kate hudson. >> and this shows versace in a different moment. golden hair, golden girl, golden skin and a golden lace dress that is so beautiful and feminine. this thing is killer. >> so much fun to go through the best gowns. of course, you can see the gow bwuw
this is one of these times when i start to feel like i can't believe i get paid for this. this is jewel. all this week, we're bringing you the best of 2009, everything from products, to pop culture to advances in medicine. today, we're looking at pets. here is america's favorite vet, dr. marty becker with two furry friends. this guy is snoopy and this is jewel from the humane society of new york. >> ready for adoption. >> if you want to give us a call. let's talk about some of the things that you have seen you that like the most. >> the portable pet mommy from petmate. i love this thing. it comes in different sizes and flat enough to fit in that contain 34. great for taking to the hotel. the veterinarian. the beach. has a zip tore keep the bugs out. you work a lot, right? >> i do. >> your pets with the chatter bowl, what i like about this,
not only the food or water, but you can fill it with your voice. it has an electric eye and voice recorder. listen to this "you're the best boy." i recorded that with my own voice. >> i have a cat, ruby, who does not like me, if i had my voice on her bowl, she would never eat. >> you better get somebody who she does like, probably your wife, right? >> exactly. >> let's talk about medical things, high-tech things. this is made by light cure. it's companion therapy laser. it started with animals and now humans. 15 major sport teams have this. world cup teams. in the olympics, for the equestrian team. >> what does it do for you? >> 600 veterinary hospitals, a chronic ear infection, i would use the laser in the ear,
anywhere from one to six minutes. insect bite, arthritis. neuter incision. dennisttry. >> and it's now being used on humans? >> technology went from pets to humans. the bad bugs, mrsa bugs. they tested house holds, 50% of households have mrsa in it, and you're eight times likely to have it in a house if you had a cat. there's a new product that has a mixture of products that actually kills the staph. what i like about the product it comes in shampoo for dogs, if you have a cat, you simply spritz it on the cat. and it kills the mrsa virus. >> and this is the bug that's is resistant to normal antibiotics. >> and if you're like my
daughter's pugs, you rip the stuffing out of the toy literally. this has a rubber scaffolding in the toy so it doesn't have stuffy. it has that push to it when it collapses down, it bounces back. >> so -- >> no reaction from snoopy. >> snoopy is 10. >> jewel is happy to be held by me. >> jewel's going to love this. it's called the play and squeak line. they actually recorded the sounds of an actual field mouse. when you listen to this -- >> take a listen. >> look at this right here. you drop this down, random, this thing will -- here it comes. there's also a playful predator inside of every cat. you get this, the ball here goes
around. 50% of america's pets are overweig or obese. we have to find a way to get them active. >> marty, thanks very much. i appreciate it. this is fascinating stuff, i'd be tempted to take this guy home, except i might be opening myself up to super bug infection. >> get rid of the risk, keep the pests. we do need to be careful. >> thank you, marty. appreciate it. snoopy and jewel came to us from the humane society of new york. you can find out more about adopting beautiful animals like
most accurate by weather rate and maryland's most powerful doppler radar. >> at 8:56 we've got sunshine but cold winds are streaming into town. trying to break up the early morning clouds before the next round tries to roll across the mountains in westminster. currently at 30 degrees, winds gusting as high as 36 miles per hour and a current wind actually calculates a wind chill of 20. not as cold but still feeling the pinch of the wind. it's 38, feeling like 29 degrees. it's all because of this storm wrapping up across new york state. this one bringing some hefty snow. it will bring the winds at 30 to 45 miles per hour and maybe push a snow shower in as we head to the afternoon. overall we'll call it a day that may briefly hit 40 downtown, then turn sharply colder with a chance of flurries north and west of the city in through this afternoon. we're partly cloudy and chilly overnight, back to 20 degrees. during the day tomorrow we'll see a lot more sunshine. it's going to be colder with the winds averaging about 20 to 30 miles per hour and high temperature only around 33.
if you stick around, coming up on good morning maryland we'll talk about a chance of snow for new year's eve and new year's day. we'll have our final check of the roads with kim. >> thanks, justin. most of our delays have pretty much cleared out. you will see an occasional pocket of slowing in certain spots, but we're looking pretty good around the area except we have some debris reported in the roadway on the outer loop at easton avenue. use caution there. we also have an overturned vehicle in the southbound lanes of jarrettsville pike. there was an early accident that continues to block the right lane. expect some minor delays in the area as well as we take our final look at the jfx. traffic looks great all the way to the fayette street exit. you're looking good. (announcer) let's say it's guy's weekend,
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